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Turner's Margate

Exhibition open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday 11am-5pm

Turner’s Margate will explore what life would have looked like when JMW Turner spent time in Margate in the Georgian period. From an original 1821 Edmunds map of Margate, to photographs of his love Sophia Booth’s house and Turner watercolour print of St John’s Church – the exhibition will tell the story of Margate in 1780s, 1820s and 1840s, spanning from Turner’s time in the town as a school boy and into his adult life as an artist.

The museum will hold a number of events for free or under £5 to bring to the exhibition to life, including Paint it like Turner art classes for children with local artist Melanie Tong, late night talk on Turner with speakers including his biographer Franny Moyle, a pop-up film screening of Mr Turner and a day of Georgian food and music where families can learn about Georgian life in Margate.

For more information on events visit:

Tuesday 22 October - Paint it Like Turner workshops
*7-11 year olds can learn to paint like Turner with local artist, Melanie Tong

Saturday 26 October – A night at the Museum
*Late night opening and talk on JMW Turner, with speakers including Turner’s biographer, Franny Moyle.

Friday 8 November - Pop-up film screening of Mr Turner
*Watch the Mike Leigh’s biopic of JMW Turner, in the unique setting of the museum’s magistrates court

Thursday 5 December - A Georgian Christmas Feast
*An evening of Georgian food and drink prepared by Annie Nichols

Saturday 7 December - A Georgian Christmas
*A Georgian lunch prepared by Annie Nichols, with performance from Clair Le Couteur

Sunday 8 December - A Georgian Christmas
*Two afternoon performances of ‘Mr Turner gets Steamed Up’ performance by Robert Poulter


Margate Museum
Market Palace

Entry Price

Adults £2
Seniors £1.50
Under 16s Free